Plastic Injection Mold Cost Analysis
When you send an RFQ, it's important to share as many as possible with your supplier. Each of the injection molded parts project are custom made to meet individual company's requirements. Here are few points:
It's best to provide drawings in 2D and 3D format, these are accuracy information that tell some important factors such as part weight, molding cycle, mold making concerns.
The target price
Cost objectives could be achieved by eliminating unnecessary design or non-value-added items. Suppose you need 20,000 plastic parts, do you need these plastic parts for life of this project? Or do you need 20000 for the first stage and more for the next? The injection molder / mold maker base on different requirements will provide different solutions.
Let the injection mold maker know the schedule so they can plan the production well, nothing is rush or fall behind.
The sample time?
The first batch of molded parts for testing?
The mass production time?
The surface requirement
The surface requirement will influence plastic injection mold design, such as gate location, parting line or inserts, ejection, your supplier will need such information to decide the most economic mold design.
Material selection depends on the requirement of the plastic parts, your injection molding factory should be able to propose alternative material to reduce plastic part cost.
The required quantity
It's quit critical to give the expected volumes, it will affect the plastic injection mold making cost, plastic part cost.